From Essex To The Alps

The poet Lavinia Greenlaw grew up in the flatlands of East Anglia and has always found its inconsequential horizon and open skies to be creatively stimulating.

So why have writers of the last three centuries been repeatedly drawn to mountains, specifically the Alps?

Ruskin, Shelley, D.H.Lawrence and W.H.Auden amongst many have poetically tried to scale the peaks and put themselves amongst the mountains.

But don't the Alps get in the way of the view?

With contributions from climber-critic Robert Macfarlane, and Swiss poet and rapper Raphael Urweider and the ghosts of 'Heidi' and the 'Sound of Music'.

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The poet Lavinia Greenlaw grew up in the flatlands of East Anglia and has always found its inconsequential horizon and open skies to be creatively stimulating.

So why have writers of the last three centuries been repeatedly drawn to mountains, specifically the Alps?

Ruskin, Shelley, D.H.Lawrence and W.H.Auden amongst many have poetically tried to scale the peaks and put themselves amongst the mountains.

But don't the Alps get in the way of the view?

With contributions from climber-critic Robert Macfarlane, and Swiss poet and rapper Raphael Urweider and the ghosts of 'Heidi' and the 'Sound of Music'.